1. How Essences Work
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Sadly the dominant epistemology of the scientific and medical establishment has ruled out much study of the value of essences on first principles. However there are still some very useful starting points, written by practicing scientists . Some excellent examples are the following:
Richard Gerber, Vibrational Medicine: the #1 Handbook of Subtle-Energy Therapies (3rd revised edition, Bear and Company, 2001) - chapter 7 is on Vibrational Healing. Morevoer the whole text contains lots of evidence and information about the range of alternative approaches, and how and why they work.
Rupert Sheldrake, The Science Delusion: freeing the spirit of enquiry (Coronet, 2012). A witty and sharp demolition of the dogmas of modern materialist science. Chapter 10 asks 'Is mechanistic medicine the only kind that really works?'. His website is http://www.sheldrake.org/
James L Oschmann, Energy Medicine: the scientific basis (Churchill Livingstone, 8th revised edition, 2001) - new edition to be published in 2015
There are also many wonderful contributions which are more explicitly metaphysical. Those that I have found particularly valuable and thought-provoking include:
Arnold Mindell, The Quantum Mind and Healing: how to listen and respond to your Body's symptoms (Hampton Roads Publishing, 2004)
Deepak Chopra, Quantum Healing: exploring the frontiers of Mind/Body Spirit (Bantam, 1989)
Stephen Harrod Buhner, The Secret Teachings of Plants: the intelligence of plants in direct perception to nature (Bear and Company, 2004)
2. The Pacific Essences
The starting points for finding out more are Sabina Pettitt's wonderful book, Energy Medicine: healing from the kingdoms of nature and also the Pacific Essences website itself.
There are a lot of valuable resources on the website. If you are new to the essences, you may find it particularly useful to watch the videos giving some of the background to the essences, and to browse the back issues of the newsletter, issued monthly since 2009, which contain so many uplifting examples of the value of essences for people and for animals too.
There are also a number of useful downloads available via the Pacific Essences site:
3. Learn how to dowse
There are some really helpful resources out there in web land. I thought this article from Spirit of Change magazine contained valuable practical advice.
The British Society of Dowsers gives links to upcoming courses in the UK.
4. Other flower essence resources
Essence practitioners from around the world are building up an impressive amount of what Deepak Chopra refers to as 'overwhelming anecdotal evidence' about the value of essences for many different areas of life. Some of the most interesting ones are:
While there are literally hundreds of essence ranges available to buy, as well as Pacific Essences there are a number of other ranges which are particularly highly thought of by essence practitioners, and they are all stocked by the lovely people at Universal Essences who say that their influences are coffee, Plato, Buddha and chocolate, which sounds good to me!
5. Essences and Astrology
The astrologer who has done most to bring the amazing worlds of essences and of astrology together is unquestionably Donna Cunningham. You can buy her e-book, Flower Essences: how plants' energies can heal us for a bargain $12.
She has published lots else exploring the connections. See in particular:
Astrology and Vibrational Healing (1989)
Astrology and Spiritual Development (1989)
and many of her other books contain sections on essences
6. Kineseology Resources
Recognised UK based training courses are listed by the Kinesiology Federation.